(Closed) Cocktail Reception – How much Food is Enough Food

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How many hor d'ouvres per person for a (4-hour) cocktail reception with stations?
    5 is fine : (9 votes)
    31 %
    6-8 : (6 votes)
    21 %
    8-10 : (7 votes)
    24 %
    More than 10 : (7 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 3
    23597 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @mrspoins:  5 sounds like it should be totally fine – especially with a mashed potato bar and a sautee station AND pizza later in the night! AND people are having dinner beforehand?  Stick to your guns and go with 5!

    Post # 4
    2359 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    5 passed pieces per person is just fine

    Post # 5
    1846 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Just wanted to say 5 sounds good. I doubt most people will eat before hand, but it still sounds like you have plenty of food with all the stations and everything!

    Post # 6
    1966 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I would say 6-8. I probably wouldn’t eat dinner before the ceremony since its at 630. 10 would be too much. 

    Post # 7
    5778 posts
    Bee Keeper

    My daughter had one, and we had 8 passed appetizers, a raw bar (5 kinds of seafood), veggie & olive bar with cheeses, breads, crackers, dips and speads. We also had a mashed potato bar, a meat carving station, a pasta station, a salad station, and a dessert station with a coffee bar. Each table also had antipasto served family style with assorted breads. Wedding cake closer to the end.

    We had almost no food leftover, and this was for 90 people. I think your Future Mother-In-Law might be right and that you should add a few more apps.

    It would have been much cheaper to have a buffet or sit down dinner, as this was the most expensive option!

    Post # 8
    1299 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I saw this on pinterest:

    How much food and drink to serve Good to know!!

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